The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Chemistry degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the chemical or physical sciences or who plan to continue with professional studies, such as pre-pharmacy, pre-medical or pre-dental programs. This curriculum parallels the first two years of study offered in the chemistry programs of other colleges and universities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate preparedness to successfully transfer into a chemistry program at a four-year institution.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of general inorganic and organic chemistry principles and concepts by applying this knowledge to the solution of problems and performance of experiments.
  • While adhering to all safety rules, competently perform routine laboratory tasks in the chemistry laboratory using the instrumentation for measurement and analysis that is commonly available.
  • Effectively collect, interpret, evaluate and communicate scientific data in multiple formats using computer technology as needed.

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. In order to enter the program, students must have placement at ENGL 101, MATH 162 (or MATH 161 completed with a C or better) and CHEM 121 (Department approval or CHEM 110 completed with a "C" or better) levels.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.S. degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). Students must pass all Science and Mathematics courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Chemistry Course Sequence

First Semester

  • ENGL 101 – English Composition I
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I
  • CHEM 121- College Chemistry I
  • CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology

Second Semester

  • ENGL 102 – The Research Paper
  • MATH 172 - Calculus II or Natural Science with Lab Elective1
  • CHEM 122- College Chemistry II
  • PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and Sound

Third Semester

  • CHEM 221- Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 214 - Chemical Analysis
  • PHYS 241 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light

Fourth Semester

  • CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II
  • Directed Elective 1
  • Social Science Elective
  • Humanities Elective

1 CIS 106: Introduction to Computer Programming (4) or BIOL 123: Principles of Biology I (4) or BIOL 281: Biochemistry I (4) or BTT 101: Biomedical Technician Training (3) [Students who choose this elective will need 1 additional credit to graduate]

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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